|Benoit Mandelbrot: Fractals and the art of roughness - TED.com|
At TED2010, mathematics legend Benoit Mandelbrot develops a theme he first discussed at TED in 1984 -- the extreme complexity of roughness, and the way that fractal math can find order within patterns that seem unknowably complicated.
Keywords: TedTalks; TED; Talks; math; TED2010; 2010
|Dan Meyer: Math class needs a makeover - TED.com|
Today's math curriculum is teaching students to expect -- and excel at -- paint-by-numbers classwork, robbing kids of a skill more important than solving problems: formulating them. At TEDxNYED, Dan Meyer shows classroom-tested math exercises that prompt students to stop and think.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; children; education; math; student; TEDxNYED; 2010
|Clayton Cameron: A-rhythm-etic. The math behind the beats - TED.com|
Ready to dance in your seat? Drummer Clayton Cameron breaks down different genres of music—from R&B to Latin to pop—by their beats. A talk that proves hip hop and jazz aren't cooler than math—they simply rely on it.
Keywords: TedTalks; TED; Talks; math; music; performance; TEDYouth 2013; 2013
|Adam Spencer: Why I fell in love with monster prime numbers - TED.com|
They're millions of digits long, and it takes an army of mathematicians and machines to hunt them down -- what's not to love about monster primes? Adam Spencer, comedian and lifelong math geek, shares his passion for these odd numbers, and for the mysterious magic of math.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; humor; math; TED2013; 2013
|Arthur Benjamin's formula for changing math education - TED.com|
Someone always asks the math teacher, "Am I going to use calculus in real life?" And for most of us, says Arthur Benjamin, the answer is no. He offers a bold proposal on how to make math education relevant in the digital age.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2009; TED; Talks; economics; education; math; statistics; 2009
|Dan Cobley: What physics taught me about marketing - TED.com|
Physics and marketing don't seem to have much in common, but Dan Cobley is passionate about both. He brings these unlikely bedfellows together using Newton's second law, Heisenberg's uncertainty principle, the scientific method and the second law of thermodynamics to explain the fundamental theories of branding.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; business; marketing; math; physics; TEDGlobal 2010; 2010
|Arthur Benjamin: The magic of Fibonacci numbers - TED.com|
Math is logical, functional and just ... awesome. Mathemagician Arthur Benjamin explores hidden properties of that weird and wonderful set of numbers, the Fibonacci series. (And reminds you that mathematics can be inspiring, too!)
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; entertainment; magic; math; TEDGlobal 2013; 2013
|Terry Moore: Why is 'x' the unknown? - TED.com|
Why is 'x' the symbol for an unknown? In this short and funny talk, Terry Moore gives the surprising answer.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; culture; history; language; math; TED2012; 2012
|Conrad Wolfram: Teaching kids real math with computers - TED.com|
From rockets to stock markets, many of humanity's most thrilling creations are powered by math. So why do kids lose interest in it? Conrad Wolfram says the part of math we teach -- calculation by hand -- isn't just tedious, it's mostly irrelevant to real mathematics and the real world. He presents his radical idea: teaching kids math through computer programming.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TEDGlobal 2010; TED; Talks; computers; education; math; technology; 2010
|Freeman Hrabowski: 4 pillars of college success in science - TED.com|
At age 12, Freeman Hrabowski marched with Martin Luther King. Now he's president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), where he works to create an environment that helps under-represented students -- specifically African-American, Latino and low-income learners -- get degrees in math and science. He shares the four pillars of UMBC's approach.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; education; inequality; math; science; technology; TED2013; 2013
|Jean-Baptiste Michel: The mathematics of history - TED.com|
What can mathematics say about history? According to TED Fellow Jean-Baptiste Michel, quite a lot. From changes to language to the deadliness of wars, he shows how digitized history is just starting to reveal deep underlying patterns.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; history; language; literature; math; science; TED2012; 2012
|Marcus du Sautoy: Symmetry, reality's riddle - TED.com|
The world turns on symmetry -- from the spin of subatomic particles to the dizzying beauty of an arabesque. But there's more to it than meets the eye. Here, Oxford mathematician Marcus du Sautoy offers a glimpse of the invisible numbers that marry all symmetrical objects.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; architecture; art; beauty; math; physics; universe; TEDGlobal 2009; 2009
|Scott Kim takes apart the art of puzzles - TED.com|
At the 2008 EG conference, famed puzzle designer Scott Kim takes us inside the puzzle-maker's frame of mind. Sampling his career's work, he introduces a few of the most popular types, and shares the fascinations that inspired some of his best.
Keywords: TEDTalks; EG 2008; TED; Talks; art; computers; design; gaming; math; video; 2008
|Bruce Bueno de Mesquita predicts Iran's future - TED.com|
Bruce Bueno de Mesquita uses mathematical analysis to predict (very often correctly) such messy human events as war, political power shifts, Intifada ... After a crisp explanation of how he does it, he offers three predictions on the future of Iran.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; global issues; math; politics; prediction; technology; war; TED2009; 2009
|Michael Moschen juggles rhythm and motion - TED.com|
Michael Moschen puts on a quietly mesmerizing show of juggling. Don't think juggling is an art? You might just change your mind after watching Moschen in motion.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; MacArthur grant; dance; entertainment; math; music; physics; sports; TED2002; 2002
|E.O. Wilson: Advice to young scientists - TED.com|
“The world needs you, badly,” begins celebrated biologist E.O. Wilson in his letter to a young scientist. Previewing his upcoming book, he gives advice collected from a lifetime of experience -- reminding us that wonder and creativity are the center of the scientific life. (Filmed at TEDMED.)
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; TED Prize; education; failure; math; science; storytelling; student; success; youth; TEDMED 2012; 2012
|Max Little: A test for Parkinson’s with a phone call - TED.com|
Parkinson’s disease affects 6.3 million people worldwide, causing weakness and tremors, but there's no objective way to detect it early on. Yet. Applied mathematician and TED Fellow Max Little is testing a simple, cheap tool that in trials is able to detect Parkinson's with 99 percent accuracy -- in a 30-second phone call.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; disease; global issues; innovation; math; medicine; science; technology; TEDGlobal 2012; 2012
|Geoffrey West: The surprising math of cities and corporations - TED.com|
Physicist Geoffrey West has found that simple, mathematical laws govern the properties of cities -- that wealth, crime rate, walking speed and many other aspects of a city can be deduced from a single number: the city's population. In this mind-bending talk from TEDGlobal he shows how it works and how similar laws hold for organisms and corporations.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TEDGlobal 2011; TED; Talks; biology; business; cities; complexity; math; science; 2011
|Neil Turok makes his TED Prize wish - TED.com|
Accepting his 2008 TED Prize, physicist Neil Turok speaks out for talented young Africans starved of opportunity: by unlocking and nurturing the continent's creative potential, we can create a change in Africa's future.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; Africa; TED Prize; education; math; physics; science; technology; TED2008; 2008
|Ron Eglash on African fractals - TED.com|
'I am a mathematician, and I would like to stand on your roof.' That is how Ron Eglash greeted many African families he met while researching the fractal patterns he’d noticed in villages across the continent.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TEDGlobal 2007; TED; Talks; Africa; architecture; culture; design; education; math; technology; 2007
|Evan Grant: Making sound visible through cymatics - TED.com|
Evan Grant demonstrates the science and art of cymatics, a process for making soundwaves visible. Useful for analyzing complex sounds (like dolphin calls), it also makes complex and beautiful designs.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; design; math; presentation; science; visualizations; TEDGlobal 2009; 2009
|Sean Gourley on the mathematics of war - TED.com|
By analyzing raw data on violent incidents in the Iraq war and others, Sean Gourley and his team claim to have found a surprisingly strong mathematical relationship linking the fatality and frequency of attacks.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2009; TED; Talks; TED Fellows; math; physics; war; 2009
|Stephen Hawking asks big questions about the universe - TED.com|
In keeping with the theme of TED2008, professor Stephen Hawking asks some Big Questions about our universe -- How did the universe begin? How did life begin? Are we alone? -- and discusses how we might go about answering them.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; evolution; math; physics; science; universe; TED2008; 2008
|Arthur Benjamin does "Mathemagic" - TED.com|
In a lively show, mathemagician Arthur Benjamin races a team of calculators to figure out 3-digit squares, solves another massive mental equation and guesses a few birthdays. How does he do it? He’ll tell you.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2005; TED; Talks; education; entertainment; magic; math; performance; 2005
|Stephen Wolfram: Computing a theory of everything - TED.com|
Stephen Wolfram, creator of Mathematica, talks about his quest to make all knowledge computational -- able to be searched, processed and manipulated. His new search engine, Wolfram Alpha, has no lesser goal than to model and explain the physics underlying the universe.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; biology; complexity; computers; math; physics; science; simplicity; TED2010; 2010
|Randall Munroe: Comics that ask "what if?" - TED.com|
Web cartoonist Randall Munroe answers simple what-if questions ("what if you hit a baseball moving at the speed of light?") using math, physics, logic and deadpan humor. In this charming talk, a reader’s question about Google's data warehouse leads Munroe down a circuitous path to a hilariously over-detailed answer — in which, shhh, you might actually learn something.
Keywords: TedTalks; TED; Talks; art; humor; math; physics; science; TED2014; 2014
|Steven Strogatz on sync - TED.com|
Mathematician Steven Strogatz shows how flocks of creatures (like birds, fireflies and fish) manage to synchronize and act as a unit -- when no one's giving orders. The powerful tendency extends into the realm of objects, too.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2004; TED; Talks; biology; biomechanics; math; science; society; technology; 2004
|Robert Lang folds way-new origami - TED.com|
Robert Lang is a pioneer of the newest kind of origami -- using math and engineering principles to fold mind-blowingly intricate designs that are beautiful and, sometimes, very useful.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; art; design; engineering; math; origami; space; TED2008; 2008
|Michael Hansmeyer: Building unimaginable shapes - TED.com|
Inspired by cell division, Michael Hansmeyer writes algorithms that design outrageously fascinating shapes and forms with millions of facets. No person could draft them by hand, but they're buildable -- and they could revolutionize the way we think of architectural form.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; algorithm; architecture; arts; design; math; software; TEDGlobal 2012; 2012
|David Hoffman shares his Sputnik mania - TED.com|
Filmmaker David Hoffman shares footage from his feature-length documentary Sputnik Mania, which shows how the Soviet Union's launch of Sputnik in 1957 led to both the space race and the arms race -- and jump-started science and math education around the w
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2007; TED; Talks; education; history; math; politics; science; short talk; space; technology; war; 2007
|Margaret Wertheim: The beautiful math of coral - TED.com|
Margaret Wertheim leads a project to re-create the creatures of the coral reefs using a crochet technique invented by a mathematician -- celebrating the amazements of the reef, and deep-diving into the hyperbolic geometry underlying coral creation.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; art; design; math; oceans; science; visualizations; TED2009; 2009
|David MacKay: A reality check on renewables - TED.com|
How much land mass would renewables need to power a nation like the UK? An entire country's worth. In this pragmatic talk from TEDxWarwick, David MacKay tours the basic mathematics that show worrying limitations on our sustainable energy options and explains why we should pursue them anyway.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; TEDxFeatured; alternative energy; climate change; data; global issues; math; sustainability; tedx; TEDxWarwick; 2012